Are you Surviving or Thriving?

 

mental health awareness 2017This week marks Mental Health awareness week and we at worksafeandwell.co.uk are supporting the Mental Health foundation’s #MHAW17 campaign by continuing the conversation on mental health and work.

With their latest report revealing that two thirds of the people questioned have experienced a mental health problem, and the work sickness absence statistics from the HSE revealing that over 5 million working days were lost in 2016 to work-related mental ill health (Source: Estimates based on self-reports from the Labour Force Survey 2015/16), here are some top tips on how to look after your mental health in more creative ways to CARE for yourself and others and #HelpGBWorkWell:

  1.  Connect- with your work colleagues, friends and family. When was the last time you called for a chat or popped round for a cuppa? Try saying ‘thankyou’ when someone has helped you or to those whose help you may take for granted.
  2. Accept- yourself and turn off the self-critic when things don’t go to plan. How many times have you celebrated the things that you did well today? Try listing seven things that you like about yourself each morning when you look in the mirror, or making a note in your diary of all the things you achieve each day; you (and your boss) may be surprised!
  3. Relax- take a break from the screen and do something you enjoy each day to switch off from the endless ‘to do ‘lists, even if it is just a five-minute walk around the block.
  4. Enjoy- the things you do have- take notice of all the things you have and that make your life easier; the home comforts, the transport, the gadgets that help you. Try listing three things you are grateful for each day for a week and see if you start noticing things differently.

There are lots more tips on looking after your mental health www.mentalhealth.org.uk